Kodak Portra Portraits

Nikon FM 35mm Kodak Portra Portraits

I normally shoot with Kodak film, whether Kodak T-Max for black and white film photography or Kodak Portra for colour film photography. I always think film photos have an extra dimension to digital shots. What I love even more about film is the colour tones from Kodak Portra film. For my model photography and wedding photography Portra gives me natural looking skin tones for portraits that I find pleasing to the eye and better than digital colour tones.

I shoot both 35mm Kodak Portra 160 and medium format 120 Kodak Portra 400 & 800

Here are a few more examples using Kodak Portra with my little Nikon FM SLR manual film camera
Kodak Portra Portrait
Lensbaby Edge 80 & Kodak Portra Film
Kodak Portra Fashion Photography
Nikon FM Kodak Portra Portrait
Kodak Portra Portrait
Film Photography Fashion
Nikon FM & Kodak Portra - Harriet
35mm Kodak Portra 160 Skin Tones

Here are some examples using 120 Kodak Portra film on the 6×6 medium format ARAX-CM (Kiev 88)
ARAX, Poland
Agnieszka, Poland
Sandra on Portra 800

For digital photography I shoot with a Nikon D800 DSLR for my model shoots. The nicest colours tones on this body come from my Zeiss lenses. I much prefer the colours to Nikkor glass.

Nikon D800 Model Photography Example:
Katie with Rollei Planar 50/1.8

I also use a Leica M9 for wedding photography and I prefer the Leica body/ Leica M mount lens tones to Nikon tones overall.

Leica M9 Wedding Photography Example:
Leica M9 Bridesmaids
Portra beats digital for natural colours in my view and I used 35mm and 120 medium format film in 160, 400 and 800 speeds. All are great.



About matthewosbornephotography

Coventry, UK studio based Model and Wedding Photographer offering both Medium Format Film and Digital Images. 1-2-1 Photography and Lighting Tuition also available.
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  6. Kendell Linh says:

    Wonderful, beautiful work.

  7. Thanks Kendell. I will try to take some new ones this summer and dig out my film cameras! 😉

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